SecDef Mattis a Democrat? Media Pushes, Mattis Answers
SecDef Mattis has been the subject of much speculation of late: is he leaving the Trump Administration or is he going to get fired? And is he a Democrat? Because you know, President Trump mentioned that he is “sort of a Democrat.” But the fact is: James B. Mattis is a Marine through and through. He’s not going anywhere at the moment.
Reporters with him in the plane on the way to Vietnam asked the SecDef point blank: “Are you a Democrat?”
Military Times reported:
Q: Are you a Democrat? Mattis: “You know, we’re all built on our formative experiences. When I was 18, I joined the Marine Corps, and in the U.S. military we are proudly apolitical. By that, I mean that in our duties, we were brought up to obey the elected commander in chief, whoever that is. And we’ve seen, over those — since I was in the military longer than some of you have been alive, I have seen Republicans and Democrats come and go. Where am I today? I’m a member of the president’s administration. And you have seen that President Trump’s military policies, security policies, reaping significant bipartisan support. So my role, when you see 83 percent — think about this — for ― and I realize you all write about tension between this person and that, this administration and that party, and this sort of thing.”
Mattis continued: “But when you think 83 percent of the U.S. Congress voting the same way on an issue put forward by the Republican president, you can see that my portfolio is bipartisan by its very basis, and that is the protection of the United States. That’s what President Trump has told me to do, and I eagerly carry that out, alongside probably the most selfless young men and women — not all young; some old men and women, too — civilian and military, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines working together. So that’s where I stand. That defines me.”
Q: I don’t want to put too fine a point on it, but you haven’t registered Republican or Democrat. Is that what I’m hearing you say?
Mattis: I’ve never registered for any political party.
End of that speculation. And when the media consistently has pushed the narrative that Mattis and the President “don’t get along” that may indeed be stretching the truth for the purpose of dividing. When Leslie Stahl asked him if Mattis was leaving the administration in the 60 minutes interview…
“Well, I don’t know. He hasn’t told me that…I have a very good relationship with him. I had lunch with him two days ago. I have a very good relationship with him. It could be that he is. I think he’s sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth. But General Mattis is a good guy. We get along very well. He may leave. I mean, at some point, everybody leaves. Everybody. People leave. That’s Washington.” President Trump
When/if the General leaves, it will be a sad moment for all of us who value him as a strong military leader. But remember this: Marines don’t quit in the middle of a mission. So regardless of any difficulties in interpersonal relationships with the cabinet members, he’s staying the course. So take what you read in the mainstream media with a salt shaker full of salt.
Featured photo: file screenshot of Secretary Mattis